This is not the location of this trail. The trail is out hwy 20. We are locals, and hike dry river canyon all the time. This is a bad waypoint.

5 months ago

This trail gives you a real taste of the central Oregon dessert. Mostly level and sand to take home in your shoes

found the trail head about Mike marker 18. at mile marker 20 is a sign that tells a bout the canyon. was a cool hike.

mountain biking
2 years ago

Take water. This is the desert. Great area for hiking or mtn biking. As you are going east on HWY 20 from Bend, the parking lot is at mile marker 16 - not a lot of signage. On a clear day - beautiful views of the Cascades. Great desert flowers at the right times.

Tried to find it but the map did not take me far enough out. Was about 10 miles short of the trail head. Will go out again to find it.

Breathtaking, beautiful trail for all levels. Rock-hopping optional. Natural geological formations, ancient Juniper trees, incredible views, unique wildlife (Mountain Goats). During winter months the trail is EXTREMELY ICY. Remember to be respectful of private property close by. Recommended for everyone!

3 years ago

The Flatiron loop trail in Oregon Badlands Wilderness offers subtle attractions. Lava flows, bright, small flowers (in season), tall junipers, and gradual changes in the microenvironment. Folks have wandered bit to explore the lava flows so make sure you don't lose your route.

This is one of my very favorite places. It's an easy hike, very flat desert land all the way out. The sand makes it feel like you are walking farther than you actually are though. The rock formations are cool, and you can do some bouldering and scrambling out there at various secret spots. I've always wanted to hike out and camp out there, but I haven't done it yet. This is my zen hike for sure. Also, it is EXTREMELY hot in the summer. There is hardly any shade..this is the DESERT. Bring lots of water and wear sunblock!

4 years ago

Flatiron rock loop is great, we really enjoyed this walk- not too much of a hike, no real elevation gain in this part. Bring plenty of water though as it is a desert and very dry/dusty in the summer especially. Beautiful and enjoyable.

on Badlands Loop Trail

4 years ago

We completed the Flatiron Rock trail yesterday morning. Beautiful sunny day with light wind. Perfect for a hike like this. Very little elevation change. Trail surface was soft sand most of the way. We spent time hanging out at Flatiron Rock taking photos. Scenery was amazing. We were able to see 10 mountain peaks in the distance.

See link below for additional trail information.

4 years ago

We hit this on a beautiful February day. Shot some video check it out: